Aug. 28 TNOYS Response to Hurricane Harvey

  On August 28, the TNOYS Executive Director sent the following email to TNOYS members and stakeholders regarding Hurricane Harvey: To TNOYS members and our partners in the communities affected by Hurricane Harvey and the resulting floods: Thank you for working hard to keep your youth safe and serve Texans who have been displaced. Our thoughts… Read more »

Member Spotlight: El Paso Center for Children

The El Paso Center for Children (EPCC) offers a wide variety of programs – everything from a foster care placement program, to an emergency shelter for homeless and runaway youth, to a counseling program for youth and their families that aims to prevent crises before they occur.  These many varying programs didn’t emerge over the… Read more »

4 Highlights from the 85th Texas Legislative Session

From the beginning, the 85th Texas Legislative Session proved to be an important one for the state’s child welfare system, kicking off in January with strengthening Child Protective Services (CPS) flagged by the governor as one of just four emergency items. In addition to that issue, TNOYS had a full legislative agenda focused on six… Read more »

New Staff Member Expands TNOYS’ Work in Houston

In May, TNOYS began an exciting new chapter as we officially established operations in Houston with the hiring of Dr. Valerie Zanders, our new Director of Policy, Research, and Evaluation there. We’re excited to have a stronger presence in Houston, which is such an important center for youth services in Texas, and to introduce our… Read more »

Getting Real About BeREAL

  By Kara Robbins, Intern with TNOYS member organization Upbring & MSW candidate at the University of Texas at Austin Zoe was a 19-year-old single mom who felt completely overwhelmed by the demands of providing a loving, safe, and stable home life for her 5-year-old son. The most frustrating challenge was finding a job that… Read more »

Member Spotlight: Boys Town Texas

When explaining the work of Boys Town Texas, the organization’s Executive Director Janie Cook refers to a description she once heard from a colleague: “She said that we teach adults how to raise children,” Cook recalls. “We’re about children but most of the work we do is with adults because children don’t grow up in… Read more »

TNOYS Kicks Off Our Latest Initiative: Recovery Through Participation

Together with a team of partner organizations in Central Texas, TNOYS is launching a new initiative to bring together two important principles of youth services work: youth engagement and trauma-informed care. The research phase of our project – called Recovery Through Participation – began last fall and in April we publicly kicked it off with… Read more »

New Membership Council Offers Opportunity to Guide TNOYS’ Work

My favorite part of my job at TNOYS is working directly with our member organizations. True to our name, TNOYS genuinely operates as a network of organizations serving Texas youth and families. This means that members drive major organizational decisions, through representation on the TNOYS Board of Directors, opportunities to inform and approve TNOYS’ legislative… Read more »

A Legislative Budget Update for Youth Service Providers

The 85th Texas Legislative Session has been an important one for the state’s child welfare system. A critical goal for TNOYS this session has been to secure increased funding for foster care and other services that serve Texas’ most vulnerable youth, to prevent the kind of headlines we’ve seen recently where youth are forced to… Read more »